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PAGE SIX BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1954 Trip Will Test Braves' Sincerity in New Drive By BEN PHLEGAR AP Sporti Writer The Milwaukee Braves are building up steam for a fast sweep along the Eastern Seaboard which should determine whether there is any substance to the ghost of a chance they still hold in the National League pennant race. A highly regarded entry during* apring training, the Braves floundered through the first half of the »*ason. But they've started to roll in the last two weeks and last night tbey ran their current winning streak to six games with a 6-4 victory at Pittsburgh. Four in Brooklyn A getaway game with the Pirates today will be followed by four games in Brooklyn starting tomorrow night, three in Philadelphia and three with the New Tork Giants. It would take a virtual sweep to make the Braves' a serious threat. .Team* have done it. before, although not recently. Milwaukee trails the second place Dodgers by 8 games and the Giants by lO.In the past week the Braves have cut their deficit by S& lengths. Leaders Win Neither the Braves nor the Dodgers gained any ground yesterday becauce the Giants broke their six- game losing streak at the expense of the St. Louis Cardinals 10-0. Philadelphia vaulted into fourth place with a 3-2 victory over Cincinnati. Brooklyn defeated Chicago 8-1. The Cleveland Indians kept rolling over the Boston Bed Sox, 2-1 for th* 15th time in 16 decisions. New York beat Chicago 7-5 on Mickey Mantle's three-run homer In the ninth. Joe Coleman pitched a three - hitter as Baltimore trimmed Washington 2-1 and Detroit trounced "^hiladelphia 10-2. Charles Rematch Seen in September By JACK HAND NEW YORK (AP) — Rocky Marciano is. in town today for a physical exam and a conference that probably will result in a Sept. 16 Yankee Stadium rematch with ex-champ Ezard Charles. Mays Assaults Ruth's Record NEW. YORK, July 29 (ft—Baseball fan* everywhere and National League pitchers, too, are beginning to take Willie Mays' threat to Babe Ruth's home run record more seriously. With 55 games remaining on the New York Giants' schedule, Mays today stands 11 games ahead of the Bambino's 1927 pace. Willie connected for his 36th home run yesterday in his team's »9th game. When Ruth hit 60, he did not produce No. 36 until his 110th game. Mays has hit 18 homers at home and 18 on the road, He's walloped 24 of his home runs off righthanders and 12 off •outhpa,ws. He'* slammed two homers in a fame four times. He hit three home runs in April, 11 in May, 10 in June and 12 so far in July. The 'heavyweight champion has been vacationing at Cape Cod and Grossinger, N. Y. since he won a unanimous decision over Charles in a rousing 15-round bout at the Stadium/ June 17. Charles fought a courageous battle but was well battered at the final bell. In the hours alter that battle with Charles, Dr. Vincent Nardiello operated on Marciano's. eye, Jim Bagby Dies At Age of 64 He Won 31 Garnet For the Indians During '20 Season MARIETTA, Ga. (£) — Jim (Sarge) Bagby, who helped pitch the Cleveland Indians to the 1920 world championship of baseball, died yesterday. Bagby. whose full name was James Charles Jacob Bagby Sr., won 31 games and lost 12 for the Indians in 1920 and in the World Series against Brooklyn became ;he first pitcher ever to hit a series home run. In Poor Health The 64-year-old mound star had been in bad xealth since he suffered a stroke in 1942. He died at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, where he had lived for the past several years. Survivors include a son, Jim Jr.. who followed his famous father as major league pitcher in the 1930s. He now is employed at the Lockheed Aircraft plant here. Bagby wa$ hammered hard in the World Series but came out with a 1-1 record against the losing Dodgers. He lost the second game of the series 3-0 but won the fifth 8-1. The .latter was the game "in which he banged his unprecedented home run a»d teammates Elmer Smith walloped a grand-slammer and Bill Wambsganss made an unassisted triple play. removing old scar tissue from a fight of years ago. He had been cut again early in the Charles bout and bled freely throughout the contest. Rocky still wears a slight scar over the eye as the result of that operation but believes he will be ready to start boxing in a week or 10 days. •Td like to fight again this year," he said yesterday. "The long layoff (nine months) was too much. I need more fights." Al Weill, Rocky's manager, has been holding out on a definite signing with the excuse that he wanted to be sure that the eye had healed perfectly. WHAT MAKES JOHNNY'S RUN?—Wes Westrum understands how Johnny Aatonelli became the National League's leading pitcher, but the Giants' catcher was flopped when the young southpaw belted a home run and showed him how to get the fat part of the bat on tht ball. (NEA> Rickey's Rating System Stirs Fans NEW YORK (AP) — Branch Rickey has a brand new one for the players and fans to mull over. The 70-year-old general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates has reduced to a mathematical formula the answer to why pennant winning teams of the past 35 years have been successful. Bombers Bang Ward Pitching By 76-2 Score Th* General Insurance Company Bombers breezed blithely along the championship path in "Y" Men's Softball League play at Little Park yesteraay afternoon with a 16-2 victory over Montgomery Ward. By eliminating one inning, it could have been a very tight ball game, as the Bombers scored 11 runs in sending to bat 16 men in ,he ghastly third frame. In that inning, the Bombers got six hits, were issued five bases on balls and Ward's contributed two fielding errors in the merry-go- round. The Bombys collected a total of 13 hits off "Chigger" Smith, including John Gann's homer, and five doubles, of which Ed Bunch had two. Ward's was able to touch Bill Meharg and J. L. Johnson for only five safeties and neither of their funs was earned. Standing of the teams: Won Lost Bombers 10 1 ourier News 6 5 Southwestern Bell .. 6 5 Montgomery Wand . 5 6 G.M.A.C 3 8 Ark-Mo Power 3 8 Pet. 909 545 545 455 273 273 Sports Roundup— "The formula is so revealing an unrefutable," he says in a story i: Life magazine, "that it has com pelled me to put different value on some of my oldest and cher .ished memories." Por example he names his 2 top hitters and 10 best pitchers an< the results are bound to caus controversy. Ruth and Hubbell Bab« Ruth is the .No. 1 hitter and Carl Hubbell the best pifche TY Cobb, who was regarded b> many experts as the greatest hit ter of all time, is only No. 23, and Hubbell is placed above the like of Grover Cleveland Alexander Lefty Grove and.Dizzy Dean. In the hitting department George Sisler, Bill Terry and Paul Waner all of whom were over the .400 mark at least once in their careers, are not listed in the top 25. 96 Percent Correct The formular works on the basi* that the team with the widest plus margin in scoring runs as compared to "the giving up of runs usually wins the pennant. Rickey says it has proved correct 96.2 per cent of the time in the last 20 years. Major League Leaders The New Stanky Is Subdued By JACK HAND (For Gayle Talbot) NEW YORK (AP) — Subdued is the word for the new" Eddie Stanky who brought his Cardinals to the Polo Grounds for a series with his old playmates, the league-leading Giants. No fiery-tempered little, man came striding out of the dugout, with a chip on his shoulder, to wrangle with the umpires. He had a chance too, in the first game of the series when Stan Musial was called out at first on a very close play. Taken Blast to Heart? The fiery skipper with the unwelcome nickname of "The Brat" wasn't even on the field. Coach Johnny Riddle took his place on the lines at third base as he had done during Stanley's five-day sus- pension. Apparently Stanky has taken to heart the blast of public disapproval that greeted his recent demonstration in St. Louis, where even- 1 the home fans cheered a forfeit decision against the Cardinals. As he said in St. Louis, "thiis affair has opened my eyes." Off the field, in the privacy of the St. Louis clubhouse, Stanky was courteous, guarded in all answers and still talking about winning the pennant. "Don't think we're out there go- Registration Blank 3rd Annual Fishing Rodeo Name Ag« Mail or Return to Chamber of Commtrct Blytheville City Hall ing through the motions," he said. "We're still in this thing. We've still got a chance to win the pennant." Stanky straightened his tie in a mirror as he talked. In the background, Musial and Red Schoendienst listened. As the Cardinals are 14 : /2 games back and still in danger of an attack from the rear by other second-division clubs, Stanky's talk had the hollow ring of fight camp publicity. Still, he is the kind of man who never stops believing in the impossible. Stanky, the ballplayer, was a spirited competitor who believed in using any means, not specifically condemend by the rule book, to win a ball game. Remember how he shifted around back of second base, waving his hands, to distract a batter in 1950 until Ford. Frick, then league president, ruled such arm waving should be illegal in the future? And the time he kicked the ball out of Phil Rizzuto's glove in the World Series of 1951? "My spirit and the desire to win could never be broken," Stanky said at St. Louis last week. "However, my human and public relations will be improved." It seems that Stanky finally is beginning, to realize the difference between his status as an "anything to win" player and his responsibilities as a manager, to his owner and the millions of fans from coa.st to coast. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AMERICAN LEAGUE Batting—Noren, New York, .358; Minoso, Chicago, .330; Mantle, New York, .325; Rosen, Cleveland, .318; A Vila, Cleveland, .317. Runs batted in—Minoso, Chicago and Mantle, New York, 77; Rosen, Cleveland and Berra, New York, 75; Doby, Cleveland, 72. Home runs—Mantle, New York" 21; Doby, Cleveland, 20: Rosen Cleveland, 18; Seviers, Washington, 16; Williams, Boston and Vernon, Washington, 15. Stolen bases—Jensen, Boston and Rivera, Chicago, 14; Minoso, Chicago, 12; Busby, Washington, 10; Michaels, Chicago, 9. Pitching—Reynolds, New York, 10-1. .909: Feller, Cleveland, 8-1, .889; Consuegra, Chicago, 12-3, .800; Morgan. New York, 7-2, .778; Grim, New York. 12-4, .750. Strikeouts — Turley, Baltimore, 113; Trucks, Chicago, 105; Wynn, Cleveland, 93; Pierce, Chicago, 89; Coleman, Baltimore, 85. NATIONAL LEAGUE Batting—Snider, Brooklyn, .362; Moon. St. Louis, .340; Mueller, New York, .338; Musial; St. Louis, .335; Schoendienst, St. Louis, .334. Runs batted in — Musial, St. Louis, 90: Hodges, Brooklyn, 87; It deals solely with offense, with the stress on power. He scoofs at fielding averages, and takes these three basic ingredients: 1. On base average 2. Extra base power 3. Clutch hitting combined with speed and ability to take the extra base. Under his ratting, Rickey rates Ted Williams second to Ruth followed, in order, by Jimmy Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Hank Greenberg Ralph Kiner, Stan Musial, Joe D Maggio and Mel Ott. Young Littler Feared at K.C. Veteran Pros Say Hell Be Tough Man - By SKIPPER PATRICK KANSAS CITY, July 29 L*>—Th veteran pros figure young Gen Littler as the man to beat in th $20,000 Kansas City Open Gol Tournament beginning on th parched- Blue Hills Country Clu course today. The former San Diego State Col lege star, now pro at Palm Springs, Calif,, is rated along with Gary Middlecoff, the Memphi Term., dentist playing out of Kia mesha Lake, N. Y., and Ed (Porky) Oliver, Lemont, HI., as best bets. Both Littler gjid Middlecof passed up a pro-junior event on the 6,625-yard par 73 Blue Hills cours yesterday. Earl Stewart Jr., o Dallas -and his three teen-age part ners won the nine hole contest with a best ball score, of 31, five stroke, under par. Stewart picked up $250 for his efforts. The field had about 160 shooters that will be cut to the low 60 pros and ties and the 10 low amateurs tomorrow. York, 81; Jablonski, St. Louis, 80 Home runs—Mays, New York 36; Sauer, Chicago, 29; Kluszewski, Cincinnati and Musial, St uis, 28; Hodges, Brooklyn, 26 Stolen bases—Bruton, Milwaukee, 20; Fondy, Chicago, 16; Temple, Cincinnati, 15; Moon, St ouis, 12; Mathews, Milwaukee, 8 Pitching—Antonelli, New York 15-2, .882; Davis, Chicago, 7-2, 778; Meyer, Brooklyn, 8-3, .727; jawrence, St. Louis, 7-3, .700; Grissom. New York, 9-4, .692. Strikeouts — Haddix, St. Louis, 18; Roberts, Philadelphia, 117; Erskine, Brooklyn, 100; Antonelli, York, 94; Spahn, Milwaukee, Snider, Brooklyn, 84; Mays, New 90. From where I sit... iy Joe Marsh New "Feature" at the Drive-ln The other night when it was so hot, the Missus and I decided to take in the movies at the new drive-in and *«* if it was any cooler out ther«. Just got parked when I noticed •tfie pick-up truck next to me was turned backside front. Had me puzzled until I saw Rusty Allen and his wife sitting- comfortably in rocking chairs in the back. "C'mon. over," Rusty called to u«. "Must be hot sitting inside the car." It wa», but over with the Aliens — the wife in Rusty'g chair and Rusty and I on cush- ions on the truck floor — we enjoyed every breath of air. From whert I ait, Rusty'* way thead of most of us when it comet to smart ide»§. I say most of u« because Andy down at the Garden Tavern does all right too. He cooperates voluntarily with the Self- Regulation Program sponsored by the Brewing Industry by making sure cleanliness and a nice homey fed ing are the star attraction* st his place. Copyright, Arkansas Division, United States Brewers Foundation, 1954. Barons' Homers Slash Little Rock Pebs Seven-Game Win Streak Came To Abrupt Halt By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Birmingham Barons and their favorite weapon the home run-are cutting the propo from under Little Rocks' recent comeback. The Travs journeyed to Birmingham boasting seven victories in their eight previous games, but the Barons' booming bats have subdued them twice in a row. Last night .four home runs highlighted a 20-hit attack which sent Little Rock realing to a 15-3 defeat. Tuesday night three homers enabled Birmingham to take a 9-4 victory. Hot After Pels The triumph, fifth straight for the Barons, left them only l& games behind the Southern Association leaders, the New Orleans Pels, who for the second straight night were rained out with Nashville. Second-place Atlanta pulled within half a game of the Pels with an 8-3 victory over Memphis and Chattanooga rallied to Whip Mobile 4-3. Lou Berberet, whose Tuesday night grand, slammer icecl tiie Baron victory, over Little Rock, got another homer last night. Lou Skizas, whose shenanigans in the batters' box are a show in themselves, slammed two out of the park and Tom Hamilton got the other. Jack Urban pulled starter Bob. Ferris out of a bad hole in the sixth when he took over with the bases loaded and nobody out. He retired the side in order, although Ferris got credit for the victory, his fifth against one setback. Baseball Standing! 87 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pet. GB New York 63 36 .636 — Brooklyn 61 38 .616 2 Milwaukee 52 45 .536 10 Philadelphia 47 48 .495 14 Cincinnati 49 51 .490 14 Ms St. Loui« 47 49 .490 14 2 / 2 Chicago 40 56 .417 2iy 2 Pittsburgh 31 67 .316 31 2 / 2 Thuradfty's Schedule Chicago mt Brooklyn St. Louis at New York Cincinnati at Philadelphia (N) Milwaukee at Pittsburgh Wednesday's Results New York 10, St. Louis 0 Brooklyn 3, Chicago 1 Philadelphia 3, Cincinnati 2 Milwaukee 6, Pittsburgh 4 AMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pet. GB Cleveland 67 29 .698 — New York 66 33 .667 2& Chicago 62 38 .620 7 Washington 41 52 .441 24& Detroit 42 54 .438 25 Boston 38 57 .400 28'/ 2 Philadelphia 35 60 .368 Baltimore 35 63 .357 33 Thursday's Schedule New York at Chicago Philadelphia at Detroit (2) Boston at Cleveland Washington at Baltimore Wednesday'* Results New York 7, Chicago 5 Cleveland 2, Boston 1 Detroit 10, Philadelphia 2 Baltimore 2, Washington 1 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL American Association Charleston 7-5, St. Paul 5-4 (1st game 10 innings) Toledo 3, Indianapolis 0 Columbus 11, Minneapolis 6 Louisville at Kansas City, postponed Texas League Tulsa 9-2, San Antonio 4-4 Beaumont 6, Dallas 5 Shreveport 4, Fort Worth 1 Houston 8, Oklahoma City 1 Western League Pueblo 5, Lincoln 4 (12 innings) Sioux Cityl, Wichita 0 Colorado Springs 9, Des Moines Omaha 4, Denver 2 SEMI-PRO BROWN — Dr. Bobby Brown is now playing semi-professional baseball with the Atwater, Calif., Backers. The third baseman left the Yankees for a post with a San Francisco hospital. (NEA) SOUTHERN New Orleana Atlanta Birmingham ASSOCIATION W L Pet. 45 .587 • 64 63 62 45 46 50 55 62 66 63 .583 .574 .537 .486 .436 .400 .394 'hattanoog* 5C Memphis 52 ittle Rock 48 Mobile 44 Nashville 41 Yett«rday'f Resulta Atlanta 8, Memphis 3 Jirmingham 15, Little Rock 3 Chattanooga 4, Mobile 3 Nashville at New Orleans (2) postponed, wet grounds Games Today 11 20% 20% Johnson's Win Helps Prestige Was 8-5 Underdog Against Bobby Jones NEW YORK, July 29 (£>)—George Johnson, the unranked Trenton, N. J., middleweight, is back in business again after his upset victory over sluggish Bobby Jones, the No. 5 boy in the division. Jones hasn't won a fight since he spurned an alleged $15,000 bribe offer before his June 11 bout with Joe Giardello. Although Jones was an 8 to 5 favorite, Johnson was unanimous decision last night at Madison Square Garden in a national televised bout that drew a crowd of no more than 15,00. Johnson, 154 to Jones' 157, simp- ply threw too many punches for the Oakland, Calif, veteran of 66 pro bouts. Memprus at Atlanta Little Rock at Birmingham Chattanooga at Mobile Nashville at New Orleans COTTON STATES LEAGUE W L Pet. GB 59 30 .663 — 56 33 .629 El Dorado Greenville Meridian 50 39 .562 Monroe 40 51 .440 Pine. Bluff 37 52 .416 Hot Springs 26 63 .292 Yesterday's Results Pine Bluff 6, El Dorado 4 Meridian 7, Hot Springs 1 Greenville 11, Monroe 6 Games Today Meridian at Greenville Hot Springs at Pine Bluff Monroe at El Dorado 3 9 20 22 33 as it's always cooler in the shade... .* In the cool, cool shade, you always warm up to a cool, cool drink made with Seagram's 7 Crown! From the first taste, you're sure it's a great, great whiskey. It has to he to go on heing America's favorite whiskey year after year. Say Seagram's and be Sure Sewn-Distillen Corporrtiw, Ntw York City. Blended Whisky 86.8 Proof. 65% Grain Neutral Spirit*. WHY SETTLE FOR A SUBSTITUTE?... 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